|18 Apr 2024 - 02 May 2024
12:30 - 14:30
|£375 (Members - £337.50)
Bookings close 17 April 2024 at 11am (UK time)
This interactive series of five workshops will guide you through the principles of curriculum design and how these can be practically applied to the development of a curriculum.
You will learn how to choose relevant content, design progression, and integrate cross-cutting themes. You will be given the opportunity to evaluate examples from a range of different types of curriculum from national frameworks to school curricula to textbooks.
The workshops have been designed for curriculum professionals and others working in education who are responsible for curriculum design, development, and review at national, regional or school level.
|18 Apr 2024 | 12:30 - 14:30 (UK time)
|Challenge: What is a curriculum?
|22 Apr 2024 | 12:30 - 14:30 (UK time)
|Cycles: Why and when does a curriculum change?
|25 Apr 2024 | 12:30 - 14:30 (UK time)
|Content: How do you choose curriculum content?
|29 Apr 2024 | 12:30 - 14:30 (UK time)
|Coherence: How do you write high quality curriculum content?
|02 May 2024 | 12:30 - 14:30 (UK time)
|Consensus: Who is the curriculum for?
Through this series of workshops, you will learn about the importance of coherence as a key quality criterion for curriculum design. We will guide you through the development of a curriculum from establishing aims to writing clear curriculum content, blending theory with practice.
The workshops will cover how to integrate progression and cross-curriculum themes into the curriculum as well as how to use design principles to achieve curriculum aims.
Taken over five weeks, each session will build on the learning from the previous, with an expectation that you will reflect on the content in between:
- Session 1: Challenge: What is a curriculum? - Understand the fundamental challenges that curricula are designed to overcome. By exploring the many different definitions of curriculum you'll learn how, together, they describe the key features of a quality curriculum.
- Session 2: Cycles: Why and when does a curriculum change? - Appreciate the drivers for curriculum change. You'll also learn the steps to consider when making decisions about how to align your curriculum to these drivers.
- Session 3: Content: How do you choose curriculum content? - Learn how to select content relevant to your context and consistent with your aims. You'll also learn how to place content within an appropriate structure and progression.
- Session 4: Coherence: How do you write high quality curriculum content? - Discover the importance of the curriculum by exploring the ways curriculum interacts with other elements of education. Recognise how design principles can be used to ensure curriculum expectations are realised.
- Session 5: Consensus: Who is the curriculum for? - Explore the role that different stakeholder and different forms of knowledge play in content selection. You will also learn how to write curriculum standards that are equitable and inclusive of all learners.
Throughout the series, you will be given the opportunity to discuss real examples of curriculum design, including your own, with your peers and with curriculum experts from Cambridge. As well as the live workshops you will have access to further resources and an interactive discussion forum via the virtual learning environment (VLE).
Key learning outcomes
By the end of the five sessions you will have:
- Discovered what makes a curriculum
- Learned how to identify quality in a curriculum
- Recognised how to select and place curriculum content
- Learned how to link the intended and enacted curriculum
- Developed strategies to check the quality of your curriculum and plan for the future
Dr Daniel Morrish is the Head of Curriculum Projects at Cambridge International. He is a curriculum expert with over 10 years’ experience of providing technical support and capacity development programmes to schools and governments in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and Southern Europe. He leads the Curriculum Programmes team at Cambridge International to develop, review and reform curricula with a focus on curriculum coherence (the alignment of national curriculum content, textbooks, teaching content, pedagogy and assessment as well as other drivers) and comparability to international standards. He also designs and implements monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks for curriculum reform.
Sarah Nelson is a Curriculum Programmes Manager in the Curriculum Projects team at Cambridge International. She is a curriculum expert with over 15 years’ experience of working in education, initially in teaching and management within schools and latterly in providing technical support and capacity development programmes to schools and governments in Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and Southern Europe. She has postgraduate degrees in ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Education and International Development’, with a particular interest in gender in education. She leads on the development and review of the Cambridge Primary and Lower Secondary English curriculum, alongside working on all aspects of curriculum reform projects (i.e. development, review and delivery of curricula, support materials and training).
Dr Nayla Aramouni is a Curriculum Programmes Manager at Cambridge University Press and Assessment, with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Her career began as a primary school teacher in Lebanon, after which she headed a teacher training department in an educational company with operations across the Middle East. Nayla holds an MPhil and a PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge. In her current role at Cambridge, she is actively involved in supporting global ministry curriculum reform projects. Her responsibilities include reviewing the development and implementation of curricula, as well as creating Cambridge curricula, support materials and training programs.